Swiffer sweepers have never really been my thing.

Max swiffer crochet cover
@GardenGerty (98149)
United States
May 25, 2016 11:58am CST
I tend to not jump on bandwagons. If everyone thinks it is great, I am skeptical. Febreeze, Swiffer, Scentsy, Miche. . . just not for me, for various reasons. I did try Swiffer in my client's houses when I worked. Their choice. I tried it once in my other house and the splintery wood floors tore them to pieces. I do not like disposable mops, dusters or toilet bowl cleaners. Disposable seems harmful to the environment and a waste of money. When people moved out of my house they left me a Max Swiffer stick. It was too good to throw away. I kept seeing patterns to crochet your own swiffer covers, but I never finished one. I have purchased similar products with washable pads from Liebmans and have liked them, but this Max thing was still a problem. I made up my own pattern and finally completed a crochet cover. I am pleased. It used up scraps of yarn and it does push the dust around rather well. I may have to use a dustpan, but I also definitely will be able to wash this as well. I now need a pattern for a 360 duster, as I really liked those in my client's homes. Oh, and I have plenty of yarn.
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@jstory07 (66087)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 May 16
You might have to make your own pattern for the 360 duster
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
25 May 16
I will have to buy the plastic part first. It should not be too hard, though.
• United States
25 May 16
I enjoy using my Swiffer on my hardwood floors but the dusting pads can be expensive
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@Juliaacv (29625)
• Canada
26 May 16
Our dollar stores sell the dusting pads, even the wet pads with the cleaning solution on it. I use those occasionally as I'm not sure what the cleaner actually is.
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• United States
26 May 16
@Juliaacv I never checked the Dollar Store for the pads but thanks for the suggestions...I love the Dollar Store and any money I can save is much appreciated
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I like how light weight they are. In a house with small rooms the Max one is not as good.I like my Libman with the washable pads and a refillable cleaner tank.Socks will not fit well on either of them. The idea of crocheting with acrylic yarn is that it is supposed to hold on to dirt like the disposable sheets.
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@celticeagle (117728)
• Boise, Idaho
25 May 16
Sounds like quite a innovative idea.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I do not like to throw things away if I can reuse them.
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@celticeagle (117728)
• Boise, Idaho
26 May 16
@GardenGerty ....You sound a lot like my mom. Brought up during the Depression.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
@celticeagle I guess I have been around a lot of frugal people.
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@Susan2015 (20413)
• United States
26 May 16
You can attach an old rag to it and do it that way too.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I was gonna make a rag mop at one time.
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@Susan2015 (20413)
• United States
26 May 16
@GardenGerty I have one similar to the swiffer. But I've used paper towels on it before too. Just have to make sure whatever you put on it stays still.
@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
27 May 16
That is why I liked making this one, it is fitted around the ends and does not depend on slots.
@Tampa_girl7 (25387)
• United States
26 May 16
I love the wet swiffer sweepers.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I like the idea. It sure beats the heck out of mop and buckets.
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jun 16
@GardenGerty I bought a Libman mop which is like a swiffer wet jet, but it is refillable and you use your own cleaner solution so it is much cheaper than buying the swiffer refills. AND, the crocheted swiffer covers fit it just fine. The mop costs about 19.99 most places but you never have to buy anything else except your usual bottle of Lestoil or Mr Clean - those last forever.
@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
9 Jun 16
@Rollo1 I do like making up my own solution.
@Corbin5 (103085)
• United States
25 May 16
I have the Swiffer mop or sweeper or whatever it is. I find it far too cumbersome to use. I buy off-brand pads that fit that Swiffer mop thing at Dollar Tree in a package of 3 or 4, which is a lot cheaper. The bottle of solution that goes with the Swiffer mop is also a pain and the Swiffer just sits in the closet and I use a regular sponge mop for which I bought a washable, microfiber cloth elasticized cover that I take off and throw in the wash when dirty. I do love the wax melts though, but Scentsy is too expensive, so use cheaper brands. I save clean cotton socks that are a bit worn and slip those over the duster and they do a better job than the duster itself.
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@Juliaacv (29625)
• Canada
26 May 16
I'm actually waiting on an order from Scentsy which should be in any day now. I love their products.
• United States
26 May 16
I like your idea of using old socks for the duster. On occasion I've used dry washcloths for dusting with my Swiffer
@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
Hubby goes through white work socks by the dozen, so they would work. As far as the wax melts, I have a few. What I hear about synthetic scents and petroleum based wax that I do not like is that it is bad for our health in many ways. On the other hand, I definitely prefer them to the plug in oils or spray around Febreeze. I pretty well go fragrance free on many things.
@just4him (113258)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 May 16
I tried Swiffer once, but the honeymoon didn't last very long.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
27 May 16
That was true of me in my old house. In this one, since I do not have to buy the cloths or pads or whatever, it is okay.
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@just4him (113258)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 May 16
@GardenGerty That's great!
• United States
26 May 16
I am not one to use them either. There is a mop and pail that spins the water out of the mophead. It is great. Not a lot of water goes on the floor and the mophead is wet enough to get the grime up. A few of my clients have them and I wish I could afford to buy one. They are about $30. Too pricey for me. I have seen the crocheted Swiffer covers and they are perfect for the frugal person. Nice that you can make them for yourself. What about those fuzzy yarns for the 360? Not sure they would work though. You could brush out the yarn ends so they would pick up the dust.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
That may need to be my next thing to do.
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• United States
26 May 16
@GardenGerty if you do make one, please post it. I have many people who use these products. Some of them crochet and knit.
@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jun 16
I made a bunch of swiffer covers, and then the darn swiffer broke. Ah well...
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
9 Jun 16
They are kind of light weight, so then you have to buy another one.
@marsha32 (6691)
• United States
26 May 16
I love my Swiffer Wet Jet...I have plenty of pads for it but unfortunately ran out of the liquid long ago and haven't had the extra money to buy any. It's so easy to mop daily getting it out.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
27 May 16
That is why I like my Libman with a refillable tank. You can just grab it and hit the spot.
@Juliaacv (29625)
• Canada
26 May 16
I just use cleaning rags that are close to the size and shape of my Swiffer, they are reusable and I can put the proper cleaning solution on it to make it worth my effort. As far as disposable toilet cleaning products, I'm all for them, they sell easily biodegradable ones and I cannot stand a germ-filled toilet brush sitting in our bathrooms.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I think we each have what we really will tolerate or use.I do have some rags I save. I have plans next of crocheting cleaning items out of torn up t shirts.
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• Rochester, New York
26 May 16
We have a Swiffer and I love it. I also love Febreeze as well, the house smells wonderful after I spray it.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I love the idea of not needing a mop and bucket. I add a few drops of essential oils to water and spray in my house. Heavy odors in fabric get some baking soda added. Lavender and peppermint oils keep the spiders and other bugs away.
@PatZAnthony (12573)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
25 May 16
We like to use things than can be washed and used over too. And, not into any of the artificial sprays, etc. Make our own cleaning products, etc. to avoid all of that.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I use a lot of vinegar, and baking soda. I love essential oils for any fragrance.
@sharon6345 (121672)
• United States
25 May 16
You are crafty I want to learn that some day. I said If I find the supplies in the thrift store I will buy it.
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I buy yarns and things very cheaply at thrift stores. You are very frugal, and it surely helps stretch your income.
@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
25 May 16
most of those yeah, you can make something to go on them that you can reuse and wash. I still have the disposable on hand, for those really nasty messes
@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I have a lot of paper towels for anything gross. I get them by the case at Sam's Club. Much cheaper.
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• Centralia, Missouri
26 May 16
@GardenGerty I go through a box of the mop top every day months, and Walmart has a generic now, so it's not too bad. Now the duster heads....
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@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
27 May 16
@Jessicalynnt libman has an extendable duster that is flexible, but it is not like the 360. Gotta get me one so I can experiment with making the covers.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
25 May 16
Oh wow, I never thought to make my own covers for that! I really don't like the disposable cleaning systems either - but Hubby bought that because he thought they would be more convenient. I don't like spending money on the refills and they really don't seen to last too long.
@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
They are light weight, and convenient in that way. I think microfiber rags would also work pretty well. I keep a separate hamper for cleaning rags.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
26 May 16
@GardenGerty Good idea - with all the dust and junk it picks up, best to clean them separately in the laundry.
@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
@much2say Microfiber is supposed to be washed separately anyway. Hubby uses it to clean his cars. I can put my mop thing in with them.
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@JudyEv (121214)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 May 16
That's a good idea - crocheting your own cover. Did you use wool or a cotton or wouldn't it matter?
@GardenGerty (98149)
• United States
26 May 16
I used acrylic, which is supposed to attract and hold dirt. I think wool would be even better. Cotton would be better for wet use, in my opinion.
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